I started this diaper bag only a few weeks after I found out I was pregnant. I had bought Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones (buy it here) when Borders was shutting down for mega cheap, so there were a bunch of projects I wanted to get done even before I knew about this little one. I was at Joann and saw this quilting fabric that I LOVED that also happened to be on sale for $2.50 a yard and also happened to be gender neutral. Fate? I think yes!! I started working on the bag that night, I was so excited.
And then...morning sickness hit. Oh that horrible affliction! I was in bed for weeks. I didn't eat, let alone sew! It was totally miserable, I know many of you can relate! I tried to work on my bag, but I had no idea what an undertaking it would be! Amy Butler is an amazing designer, but that woman has no business writing patterns. Or maybe *I* have no business trying to read her patterns. Either way, this pattern kicked me in the butt.
this very talented lady}, many long hours hunched over my machine, and almost $50 worth of fabric and interfacing in the hole, but I did it!! My gosh, this woman LOVES her interfacing! I'm not even kidding, each of the bottom panels were interfaced 2-3 times! Yes, more than once, several pieces are interfaced more than once! It's completely ridiculous...but the bag is super sturdy.
(Baby also turned my hair brown...little stinker...) All in all I love the bag. I love the hugeness, I love the design, I love the sturdiness, all in all it's a fantastic bag. That being said, I don't know if I'd make it again or if I would recommend it. Unless you are a very direction oriented learner, the lack or pictures might throw you off. It's definitely not for a beginning sewer, I'd say experienced intermediate. And it is NOT a quick project, I spent maybe 15 hours on this! Would have been much easier (and maybe even cheaper!) to go out and buy my own bag, but c'mon, as crafters we love the satisfaction of doing it ourselves.
Only 20 more weeks till I meet this little gymnast! :)